If you need the features that the SX1IS offers.
The SX1IS can shoot continuous at 4 (fps) frames per second while the SX10IS is rated at 1.4 fps.
The SX1IS has true HD video (1080p at 30 fps).
It is equipped for the optional wireless remote control.
It has a slightly larger LCD (2.8 inches instead of 2.5 inches).
Strangely, the SX10IS has more megapixels in the electronic view finder than the SX1IS.
Here is what the press released looks like:
If you import the SX1IS you might run into problems if you need warranty service.
Since it is not available in the USA, they may refuse to service it here. Which means, you would have to send the camera to Europe for warranty repair.
Regarding the 1080p video.
It will require a special cable to connect to your HD television.
You should check and see if that comes with the camera or is an extra cost.
Sony 1080p cameras require an accessory cable that sells for about $45.
Kodak 1080p cameras require a special HD cradle that sells for $99.
I currently own the Canon Powershot SX10 IS, with 10MP, 20X Zoom, and VGA/QVGA video. This camera has a CCD sensor.
I was thinking of getting its big brother, the Canon Powershot SX1 IS, with 10MP, 20X Zoom, and <b>1080p</b> video. This camera has a <b>CMOS</b> sensor.
The SX1 IS is unavailable in the US, but I thought to import it. Is it worth the extra $200-$300?